PwC Updates BC's Tech Genealogy with 2012 BC Techmap

by Rob Lewis

Last night at the BCTIA Awards in Vancouver PwC announced that the beta version of the 2012 BC Techmap will be available soon.

The BC Techmap was first developed by PwC in 1997 and updated in 2003 and now 2012. The Techmap examines the genealogy of BC’s technology companies dating back to the 1890’s. Mergers, acquisitions, closures and the movement of technology and key industry people are depicted. The 2012 Techmap-Beta version is the product of over 10 months of research and will now be presented in digital format.

“PwC is excited to deliver this Beta version of the 2012 PwC BC Techmap, which provides a dynamic online resource for the technology industry, investors, government and other stakeholders, plus a valuable history of the BC technology sector,” said Michael Calyniuk, partner at PwC and leader of PwC’s Techmap initiative. “PwC has invested considerable resources in the BC Techmap since 1997 as we strongly believe technology is a very important part of the BC economy. Technology companies bring innovation, investments, education options, stable and interesting employment opportunities to our province.”

Quick facts from the 2012 BC Techmap (Beta version):

  • Reflecting a more diverse industry, companies on the Techmap are now classified into 11 clusters, compared to nine in 2003: Software, Mobile & web, Cloud integration, Electronics & peripherals, Telecommunications & wireless communications, Life sciences, Digital & media, Advanced manufacturing & semi conductors, Energy technology, Clean technology, Services & analytics.
  • The Software cluster is currently the largest, with 981 companies.
  • The largest family tree originates from The University of British Columbia, with linkages to 60 organizations.
  • The former BC Tel is among the earliest technology pioneers, with roots going back to 1891.

PwC is leaving the 2012 survey database open for another 30 or 40 days to give companies a chance to be included in the large printed poster of the 2012 Techmap. For those companies that don't enter there data in time, the online Techmap will continue to be available for update in the future.

The Beta version of the 2012 PWC BC Techmap will go live on Tuesday, June 19th. In the mean time, if you have not taken the survey and want to get your company on the map fill out the survey now.

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